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This is one of those opportunities where you get to decide what the news coverage is.  We have put up a poll question which you can find in the right hand column of our website that asks the question:  Would you be interested in a public forum with the primary candidates for the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives?

Due to the time needed to put together a forum like this, we are running this poll through Noon Monday.  Tell us what you think.  If you would like to leave more than a yes/no vote in the poll, you can always use the comment section below this article to add your thoughts.

The Republicans will have a primary on August 7th in the races for the Kansas 3rd Senate District.  The candidates are J.C. Tellefson (Leavenworth) and Representative Anthony Brown (Eudora).  In the race for the 42nd District in the House Representative Connie O’Brien (Tonganoxie) is vying for a 3rd term against challenger Sandra Bohne (Leavenworth).

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The biggest story of the night from the Eudora City Council meeting was not the city budget (which we will report about in the coming days), nor was it about a new use for Nottingham School.  It was about birds.

The City Council held a work session to look into allowing fowl to be raised at residences inside the city limits.  Currently, city ordinances do not allow fowl of any type to be raised in the city. The City was looking into allowing certain fowl, including female chickens, ducks or quail.

The issue came to light when Jay Wilson, a local resident, was found to have several dozen quail on his property located in and near his garage. Wilson petitioned the City Council, per the current ordinances, to keep his quail which as he stated, were a hobby for him.  Tori Gezel, another young resident of the city had also recently petitioned the City Council about raising three chickens on the property she lives at with her family.

Reactions were very mixed as to even allow it anything at all. Council members Kenny Massey and Tim Reazin were rather vocal in their opposition to allowing any fowl.  Both agreed that administration of any type of ordinance allowing birds would consume city resources.  Codes administration would be involved since they would have to approve any buildings built to house birds and likely police we need to verify and enforce any complaints filed by residents about someone having too many birds or not housed properly.

Council President Ruth Hughs, while not coming down on one side or the other, stated that she had some constituents say that they were afraid having chickens next door to them would lower their property values.

Councilman Bill Whitten’s line of questions through the session made it seem like he was in favor of some ordinance allowing fowl and Councilman John Fiore, while not speaking much on the subject, appeared to also support some type of resolution.

During the session, Hughs, Whitten and Fiore wondered how many people would even want fowl and what would the neighbors desire.

The big question that was asked by City Administrator John Harrenstein at the end of the session was if he and staff should do any further work towards writing proposed legislation. There was no resounding directive by anyone to work further. Massey and Reazin indicated that the topic should be dropped and not taken further.

This leads to our newest poll question: Do you think that citizens should be allowed to raise a limited number of fowl inside the city limits? It’s a simple yes/no answer.  You can vote in the box on the upper right hand side of the web site. Simply click your answer and then hit “Vote”.  Let your leaders hear from you and what you think.  You can also use the comment section of this story if you wish to leave a longer answer

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By popular demand, we have added a second poll to the Eudorareporter.com web site. This one is for the Eudora School Board candidates.

Since Joseph Hurla is running unopposed for the two year term seat being vacated by Nancy Jackson, he has not been included on the poll.

Citizens, just like on Election Day, can vote for up to four candidates from the five running for the remaining four seats.

The real outcome, regardless of our poll results, will matter on April 5th when voters will head to the poll and make their selections at the ballot box. Polls will be open 7AM to 7PM.

We will have full elections results on Tuesday evening April 5th, as quickly as possible and will be one of , if not the very first, to report the results for both races. Make sure to check back not only Election Night but always here at Eudorareporter.com for accurate and up to the minute stories about your hometown.

Editor’s note: Our polls are unscientific in nature and may not accurately reflect the true opinions of all citizens. This poll or it’s results should not be taken as an endorsement for any candidate.

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